Woodworking

North Bennet Street School woodworking workshops and short courses are well-known for providing the highest-quality training in the fundamentals of fine and machine woodworking for individuals interested in exploring furniture making, carpentry and preservation carpentry. 

In addition to the fundamental workshops, two-day and longer workshops provide opportunities for students to build additional skills and fabricate useful objects of lasting value. Popular table and chair making, bowl-turning and timber-framing workshops are offered regularly. Master classes provide opportunities for professionals and advanced students to learn new skills.

Calendar

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Make a Spoon

Saturday-Sunday, February 20-21
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Tim Manney
$300

CLASS IS FULL. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

Carve elegant spoons from branches and small trees using simple tools. Spoon carving is a great way to learn about wood and design and it requires no dedicated workshop; a stump or a comfortable chair will suffice.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to the start of class.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Molding to Picture Frame Workshop

Saturday, February 27
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Rainford
$175

CLASS IS FULL. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

This workshop will focus on creating moldings using traditional hand planes. Each student will have the opportunity to setup and use some hollows and rounds, beading planes, rabbet planes and molders on a sticking board to make a short run of molding that will be mitered to form a small picture frame. Cutting/fitting glass will also be covered. Beginners welcome.

If you’d like to learn more about this workshop from a prior running, please check out this post. If you’d like to learn a bit more about this sort of work please check out this earlier post as well as this one.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Three Month Furniture Making Intensive

Monday - Friday, February 29-May 20, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jamey Pope
$6000
$1800 deposit due at registration, remainder due one month prior to start date

CLASS IS FULL. We are no longer accepting registrations. Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list. If you have already paid the deposit, you can pay your remaining balance on the register page at any time.

Discounts do not apply for this workshop

This intensive workshop is for anyone wishing to have in depth and comprehensive instructions in furniture making, including those who wish to enhance their skills to be better prepared to apply for North Bennet Street School’s full-time programs. This course is designed to guide the student from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making. The course begins with the skills taught in the Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking courses.

Students complete several basic and advanced joinery samples prior to building a more complex final project. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build most tables and case pieces. Students are also taken to a lumber yard and guided through the process of choosing and purchasing the appropriate stock for the project.

The following are all covered in this course: basic drafting, reading and following furniture plans, project organization, developing procedures and stock lists, working safely, efficiently and accurately, spindle and mallet turning, veneering, case and table construction, and finishing. The hand-cut and machine-cut joinery includes: half blind and through dovetails, mortise and tenon, multiple stub tenons, twin tenons, housed tapered dovetails, dovetailed drawer dividers, dovetailed vertical partitions, shaping and cutting molding and curved and flat drawer construction.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please read our Registration Policies for the three month intensive.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 8 - May 12
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$1,300

CLASS IS FULL. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills to complete many fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools; paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saws, card scrapers and marking gauges. Students also learn characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making as well as dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start. Tools for this course cost approximately $375.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Family Workshop - Make a Birdhouse

Saturday, March 12
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Jamey and Robert Pope
$175

Create a functional copper-roofed birdhouse while learning workshop safety and proper tool use. Students use workbenches with jigs, electric drill presses, hand planes, rasps and hammers. Registration price is for one child/adult team. For youth ages 8-16.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration close 7 days prior to class start.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Monday-Friday, March 14-18
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$795

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine operations as well as learning the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarization with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment are essential for optimal use and will be covered in this course.

Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course also includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

CLASS IS FULL. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school provides all tools needed for the class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes April 30

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$380

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school provides all tools needed for the class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Shaker Oval Box

Sunday, April 3
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Judith Hansen
$325

Working with prepared ovals and box bands, students learn to bevel, steam and bend Shaker box bands then fit and tack them to lids and bottoms. Learn about the history of the Shakers and their woodcraft. Each student makes three Shaker boxes.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday-Friday, April 25 - May 6
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1,300

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills to complete many fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools; paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saws, card scrapers and marking gauges. Students also learn characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making as well as dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Tools for this course cost approximately $375.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

CLASS IS FULL. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school provides all tools needed for the class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes April 30

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

Monday-Saturday, May 9-14
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Peter Galbert
$1,450

CLASS IS FULL. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. Students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture: the Windsor Chair. Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology, a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Students will have the option of creating a fan back or balloon back chair. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes May 2

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fundamentals of Chip Carving

Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jeff Fleisher
$425

Chip carving is a decorative form of carving used to enhance a piece of furniture or small objects like jewelry boxes. This workshop covers a brief history of chip carving, the chip carving knife and how to sharpen it, layout and design, and finishing techniques. Carving topics include: Basic triangle shapes, triangles in combinations to create beautiful border designs, adjacent triangles, rosettes, and flowing free-form designs where creativity is unlimited.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 31-June 30 (10 sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$795/$715

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine operations as well as learning the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarity with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment is essential for optimal use. Specific woodworking tasks and machine setups are discussed, along with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized. Each student completes a box with sliding lid beginning with milling rough lumber.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Intermediate Bowl Turning

Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380/$342

In this class, build on your foundation of skills learnt in Introduction to Bowl Turning. Starting with a brief review of tool use, discover additional techniques to improve the quality of your cuts. The class will approach more complex topics such as bowl design.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Bowl Turning or equivalent experience. Students should have taken the class in the last few years. Please contact the Continuing Education Department if you have questions about your level of experience.

All tools and materials will be provided for this class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Woodworking 101

Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$195/$175

Interested in woodworking and looking for a way to get started? This course is designed as an introduction to and safe use of common woodworking machines and hand tools. We discuss how to approach the machine shop and the workbench. Students take rough boards and machine them to useful sizes before taking the parts to the bench to work with planes and other hand tools. Students use the common machines and hand tools found in the woodshop to build a mall wall shelf.

All tools and materials are provided for this class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Walking Tour: Boston’s Historic Center; Building Practices and Architectural Styles

Saturday, June 4
9:00 AM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$40/$36

Join Bob Miller, historian, furniture maker and NBSS alumni for a walking tour of Boston's historic North End neighborhood. Starting with a look inside the North Bennet Street School, the tour focuses on the building practices and architectural styles found in the historic center of Boston. Discover how Boston has transformed itself from an exclusive Puritan enclave on the edge of the map to the thriving city we know today. Learn several styles of historic building practices ranging from 17th century timber frames all the way through 20th-century architecture, as well as some of Boston's lost and secret architecture hidden behind the modern city.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday-Friday, June 6-17 (10 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1,300/$1,170

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include: sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; as well as cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel and hand planning. Traditional cabinet making practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project. Tools for this course cost approximately $375.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

North Bennet Street School Presents the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thursday, June 9
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$45/$40

Led by NBSS Continuing Education instructor and historian Bob Miller, this 90-minute tour of the Furniture and American Decorative Arts collection of the MFA focuses on the development of the furniture styles of colonial America. The tour explores the connections between the society and culture of craftsmanship that gave rise to the varied and fascinating regional styles found throughout the country as well as examines the confluence of style and construction that flows between the art, architecture and furniture of the period. Guests are welcome to stay in the Museum after the tour concludes.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Monday-Friday, June 13-17 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$795/$715

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine operations as well as learning the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarity with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment is essential for optimal use. Specific woodworking tasks and machine setups are discussed, along with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized. Each student completes a box with sliding lid beginning with milling rough lumber.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Historic Timber Framing

Monday-Friday, June 20-24 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Matt Morrison
$695/$625

Students construct a timber frame structure incorporating traditional mortise and tenon joints. Learn the layout and construction of historic New England timber frames, including barns and dwellings. Construction is done using traditional tools including framing chisels, hand crosscut and rip saws, marking gauges and hand boring machines. Topics include: layout and cutting of sills, posts, floor framing, braces, tie-girts, rafters, purlins and studding, draw boring and pinning, square rule and scribe rule systems.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Parquetry Plus

Monday-Friday, June 20-24 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jack Mauch
$675/$607

This workshop focuses on using commercial wood veneer as a medium for creating visually rich surfaces for furniture and woodwork. Students learn the fundamentals of working with veneer and techniques for creating images, patterns and tessellations. Much of the work is done with a simple ruler and knife, and the scroll saw is used for making curved lines. In designing our surfaces students consider many attributes of wood including color, texture, grain direction, and light reflectivity. Although the focus is on design, the basics of gluing, sanding and finishing veneer is also covered. Students leave the class with several sample boards to keep as a reference or use in their future work.

Beginners are welcome but, general woodworking techniques or machine operation is not covered.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Fundamentals of Woodcarving

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26 (3 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Dan Faia
$625/562

As in many other fields of woodworking, the fundamentals are an essential foundation to success. This course is designed for students to learn the fundamentals of woodcarving. A thorough understanding of the basics builds technical skill, good technique, and confidence. Topics covered in this course include: tool sharpening, proper carving stance, fastening the work, grain direction, transferring patterns, and carving approach..

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Drywall for Beginners

Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Rainford
$375/$337

Students learn how to hang drywall, tape seams, work with mud, sanding (wet and dry), and how to work with corners. Additional topics covered include light framing overview, repairing holes, working around outlet boxes and fixtures, repairing damage, finishing the surface, painting tips and, if time allows, the basics of texturing. Students assemble and work from full-size model wall sections which include an inside and outside corner and opportunity to work with stud bays. This class is intended for homeowners, DIY enthusiasts and carpenters/contractors. Basic carpentry or handy skills are a plus.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Furniture Design Basics

Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$225/$202

Learn practical steps and techniques to designing a piece of furniture. This class covers different ways of taking an idea from an initial concept up until it is ready to be built. We begin with where to find ideas and how to use small, quick sketches to start the design process. Next, an introduction to the use of mock-ups, drafting and CAD to carry the design forward. The shop is open for students to make scaled models of the idea and larger versions of mock-ups before putting the final idea on paper. Come with an idea or concept you've been working on (or start with a completely fresh idea) and leave the weekend with a plan to tackle your project.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Turning for Furniture

Saturdays & Sundays, July 9-17 (4 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$625/$562

Using the lathe to create a footstool, students learn both spindle turning to make the legs and faceplate turning to make the stool’s seat.

All tools are supplied for this workshop. Please note our lathe studio is not air-conditioned and can be hot in the summer.

All tools and materials will be provided for this class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday-Friday, July 11-22 (10 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Judith Hansen
$1,300/$1,170

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include: sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; as well as cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel and hand planning. Traditional cabinet making practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project. Tools for this course cost approximately $375.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bretstuhl

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12-August 18 (12 sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$795/$715

Students chose to make a bretstuhl or two-board chair out of hard maple. Measuring, layout, cutting, shaping and constructing the piece including making tapered octagon legs is covered. Learn to use templates and fixtures to cut and shape different parts of the chair by machine. Students design a different profile for the back of their chair. The construction principals in this project can be applied to other projects, such as sliding dovetails, wedged round tenons and through tenons. This is an excellent class for beginners and more seasoned woodworkers who are looking for a new project.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Bow Making and Advanced Bow Making

Monday-Friday, July 18-23 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: David Hawthorne
$795/$715

Master bow maker David Hawthorne demonstrates the construction of a baroque bow, from start to finish. Techniques used in this model are completely applicable to either modern or baroque bow making; therefore this class is useful for all aspiring bow makers. All students work on their own bow.

Prerequisite: Beginners are welcome. Please contact the instructor before submitting your registration to discuss specialized tools needed. hawthorne@violinbows.net.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Carving Shells, Fans, and Flowers

Friday-Monday, July 22-25 (4 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Dan Faia
$675/$607

Carved ornamentation begins with the use of natural forms. Students explore these forms in the various styles of woodcarving. Incised, applied, and relief carving techniques are all used in this course. Carving the many different shells, fans, and flowers enables students to work on preparation, process, and honing their woodcarving skills. Proper carving techniques, historical examples, and tool sharpening are also discussed.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Introduction to Sharpening

Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Rainford
$225/$202

Having sharp, well-tuned tools is perhaps the most important aspect of woodworking; they are requisite for good work. Learn the basics of sharpening a core set of tools used in many woodworking applications. We cover tuning up and sharpening a bench chisel, smoothing plane, and cutting gauge. Additional topics covered include hollow grinding, honing, making a stone holder and tuning up your stones. Additional tools covered as time allows.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Heart Back Chair

Monday-Friday, July 25-August 5 (10 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Steve Brown
$1,750/$1,575

Chair building is a specialized branch of woodworking that involves working with angles and curves in a way that may be new to many woodworkers. The heart back chair is one of the more refined examples of Hepplewhite chair design. It is a challenging project which requires careful design, layout and execution along with careful planning. This class guides students through these challenges step-by-step to provide them with a good understanding of overall and specific parts of the chair-building process. Both hand tools and machines are used with clear explanations and demonstrations of each step. We incorporate shared set-ups and jigs to aid efficient progress. Chairs are not upholstered or finished during workshop. Students should expect to have a chair that is glued up by the end of class.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking, or equivalent experience.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Decorative Inlay and Marquetry

Monday-Friday, August 1-5 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Paula Garbarino
$725/$652

This five-day workshop explores techniques of inlay: embedding contrasting veneers into a wood base. Demonstrations and exercises include methods of stringing and drill-cut inlay as used in the line and berry work of 18th century Pennsylvania; gouge-cut “bellflower” inlay and shaded fans found in Federal Period furniture; compass star inlay of nautical origin; and marquetry, fret-sawn pictorial designs, of many periods. Advice on stone and metal inlay is optional.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Windsor Chair Workshop

Monday-Saturday, August 1-6 (6 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Peter Galbert
$1,450/$1,305

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. Students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture: the Windsor Chair. Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology, a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Students will have the option of creating a fan back or balloon back chair. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Contemporary Coffee Table

Monday-Friday, August 8-12 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$795/$715

Take your machine and hand skills to a new level while building a coffee table with clean lines. This fast-paced class uses traditional techniques and construction methods to create a finished table that exhibits craftsmanship in a contemporary design. We use mitered joints, half-lap joints, mortise and tenon joints, and frame-and-panel construction concepts during construction. Students use a draft of the table to gather information and make decisions. The completed table stands (roughly) 17.5" tall, 37" long, 16.8" wide and made completely of hardwood. Students are responsible for transporting their work home on the last day of class.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Make a Spoon

Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Tim Manney
$300/$270

Carve elegant spoons from branches and small trees using simple tools. Spoon carving is a great way to learn about wood and design and it requires no dedicated workshop; a stump or a comfortable chair will suffice.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

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Katie Theodoros
Director of Continuing Education
617-227-0155 x130
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Other carpentry and furniture making classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Katie Theodoros. We welcome class requests.

  • Garden tool and tote
  • Platform framing
  • Stairbuilding
  • Advanced techniques in furniture making
  • Boston case furniture and the challenges of compound curves
  • Brettstuhl workshop
  • Chip carving
  • Chippendale chair workshop
  • Continuous armchair
  • Continuous-arm windsor chairDecorative inlay
  • Dovetails
  • Drafting for furniture makers
  • Elements of chair construction
  • Finials for furniture
  • Flat edge tool sharpening
  • Fundamentals of fine woodworking
  • Fundamentals of machine woodworking
  • Georgian footstool
  • Hammer veneering and the vacuum press
  • Intermediate bowl turning
  • Introduction to bowl turning
  • Introduction to shapers
  • Introduction to spindle turning
  • Machine maintenance: bandsaw
  • Machine maintenance: tableSaw
  • Machine safety: routers
  • Machine woodworking - pembroke table
  • Machine woodworking: shaker table
  • Parent and child toolbox workshop
  • Parent/child course: wall shelf
  • Pie crust serving tray
  • Relief carving
  • Restoration of gilded surfaces
  • Sand shaded fan
  • Shaker oval boxmaking
  • Three month furniture making intensive
  • Tool box workshop for teens
  • Turning for furniture makers
  • Veneering fundamentals